main pageACID ALKALINE BALANCE


Over acidity, can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease.When access acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.
When alkaline reserves in the body are exhausted, even more acidity occurs; metabolism becomes inefficient and acid builds up even more in the body tissues, further weakening the body.

Note that a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.


How did my body become acidic?


The standard American diet can get over 95% of its calories from acidifying foods. Acidity comes about from eating too many acidic foods, such as animal products (meat, dairy, eggs), salt, cereal, coffee, sodas, and alcohol. Smoking is very acid producing. Physical exercise acidifies the blood with lactic acid. Deep breathing exercises alkalize the blood.

Acidity in the body can cause such problems as:

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• Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
• Low energy and chronic fatigue.
• Slow digestion and elimination.
• Yeast/fungal overgrowth.
. nervous disorders
•arthritis, gout
* • Cardiovascular weakness, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
• Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
• Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
• Immune system weakness.
• Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
• Hormone concerns.
• Premature aging.
• Bone demineralization: osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, fractures

So many people are dealing with health issues like that & have no idea that herbs & correct diet can help to bring their body back into balance & relieve these problems.

We talk a lot about the link between proper nutrition & health problems in my herbalist course. Anyone can benefit from taking this course,  to empower themselves to begin to heal health issues that are stopping them from living a healthy & happy life.

It is often so simple for someone to starting making a change with their eating habits, add a few supplements & herbs & start to see chronic pain go away, anxiety & nervousness go away, and start to feel healthy again & enjoy life.

I have worked with my own health problems, & those of my family, friends, clients & pets over the last 30 years & have seen how much difference a few changes can make, which then often inspires to person to continue to make changes. It doesn't have to be all done at once.  Long lasting change in lifestyle is best achieved by a period of transition where you add in more healthy foods & change your mindset as old habits just begin to slip away. The body detoxifies, the mind detoxifies & everything changes. 

Learning to channel reiki is another way to empower yourself to begin your own path in healing yourself, and healing others if you choose to do that. You learn to channel reiki by being given an attunement at a workshop, which opens your chakras & energy field. Your healing process begins at this point, as your energy field releases old behaviors, old energy patterns, old emotional & physical issues that no longer serve you.

Another way to inspire yourself to change is to get David Wolfe's Sunfood Success book.

The body is a self sustaining, wonderfully regenerating organism

that wears out due to high levels of physical, mental, emotional & spiritual toxicity.

This toxicity comes through

diet

negative thinking

poor quality relationships

and disempowering belief systems.

Detoxification (letting go) at all levels heals all things.

 

 

by David Wolfe

To alkalize the body, and get acidity out of the body (and your joints--causing joint pain, gout, arthritic pain)

You should eat 75-80% alkaline foods and a of 20-25% acid forming foods.

 Cut back on, or eliminate:

  • meat
  • dairy 
  • coffee
  • sugar
  • sodas  
  • alcohol

Its really not as terrifying as it sounds. Start with one item on list, such as meat. Stop eating red meat, switch to other meats that appeal to you that are somewhat healthier: such as chicken or fish.

With dairy, you might choose to start with cutting out drinking milk, then cut back on cheese (ouch, that's hard one). Try yogurt, it at least has some probiotics in it that makes it easier to digest. Its ok to start with flavored yogurts if that's only way to do it. Then if you want to take a big leap, try rice milk or coconut milk. (not soy please - its hard to digest, not the best choice).

As cut back on a few things, add more nutritious foods. Add ones that appeal to you, you don't need to be hating what you eat!

Use some supplements:

1. Take a full spectrum digestive enzyme

2. Use a greens product, spirulina or cholorphyll, or Greens+ or something similar to that

3. Use trace minerals in liquid form such as Himalayan Crystal salt sole

4. Instead of regular salt use an alkalizing product such as Himalayan Crystal Salts

5. Detoxify the body: I offer online workshops on this on my forum

6. Use Alfalfa tablets 6 - 9 per day for several months, then cut back to 3 per day. These do an amazing job at getting acidity out of the body.

7. Calcium, magnesium supplement.

8. Instead of ascorbic acid, choose a Vitamin C supplement that alkalizes such as calcium ascorbate.


As your body even gets a hint of feeling cleaner & is becoming less acidic you will find you just naturally begin to let go of foods that were contributing to your health problems & you begin to want healthier foods. If you suddenly switch back to old habits, you can also suddenly experience a recurrence of your health problems, which makes you realize how much the changes in diet are helping you!

 


Any information presented here is for informational purposes only and not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a medical practitioner.

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